Rahul Gandhi’s Elevation as Congress President Dependent on EC’s Decision to Hold Gujarat Assembly Elections

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New Delhi, Oct 21: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the party chief is now dependent on the Gujarat Assembly election dates. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is likely to be held by October end, party sources said on Saturday. As the date to elect the Congress president has to be announced in the meeting, the CWC is waiting for the Election Commission’s decision to hold Gujarat Assembly elections to avoid any clash in the poll dates, the sources added.

Rahul Gandhi will be elected unopposed as Congress president, the sources said. His mother and current Congress president Sonia Gandhi had on October 13 announced that Rahul would take over the party’s reins. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi’s Promotion Should Not be Judged by Outsiders, Says Pranab Mukherjee)

Following Rahul’s elevation, a massive overhaul of the Congress leadership is also likely to take place. He will in all probability bring in younger leaders to rejuvenate the party which has been facing one electoral rout after another over the last few years at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Congress will see new faces take over as chiefs of state units, central panels, and other party units after Rahul takes charge, sources added.

Rahul will once again visit Gujarat to woo voters and also campaign for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

The election for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 9 and results will be announced on December 18.